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Invergordon/Cromarty Ferry - The Endeavour
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon/Cromarty Ferry - The Endeavour

Clem Watson has kindly confirmed that this is the Endeavour. He has also provided the following:
In the Summer months, from age 14 I used to run the boat for my father to let him continue with the coal business ,which we also had.
While she was in use as our No.1 boat, she was licenced by the then Board of Trade to carry 36 passengers.
She was powered by a 26/30hp Kelvin petrol start, paraffin marine engine. Speed about 7kts.
Average daily cargoes 6 tons of flour for Matheson's Bakery, and 10
barrels of beer for the 'Control', plus the Mails.
The ferry ran three times a day from Cromarty, 7.30am, 11.30am &
4.00pm. From Invergordon 9.00am, 1.00pm & 5.00pm.
Picture added on 07 October 2004
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I wonder if this is the ferry I was on with my father in the mid 1950s? We were on our way to a football match - Cromarty versus Invergordon. It became very rough in the firth and the ferry man decided to give up trying to make the journey and returned to Invergordon. I was not afraid of the sea but on this occasion I was terrified! (There was no lifeboat in those days).
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 December 2004
I don't think this is the Endevour, Bill. Although the fendering on her port quarter does look familiar and the planking also looks very similar. But to the best of my knowledge she was cut up on the Cromarty Links in the 70s or 80s. In the photo, by the float or tank beside her with Craig's Aberdeen logo on it, I would say this is at the Invergordon Service Base.
There was the Lifeboat back then but it was in Cromarty and you would have been in the very good hands of the Lifeboat Coxswain on that day, in the Endeavour or the Enterprise, Albert Watson! You could not be in safer hands in that firth than Albert's.
I must get down to searching for some old photos I should have of the two boats and Albert.
Added by Pat Swanson on 25 January 2005
Hello Pat, if you go to Cromarty Image library, look under People in the album, you will see some great pics of Albert Watson and also a couple of good pics of the Endeavour....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 February 2005
This is for sure the Endeavour...many a trip I had on her...the late Dave Smith had hoped to renovate her prior to his death...she is reputed to be ex-Royal Navy from HMS Natal...(this is unconfirmed but has been mentioned over the years). I remember her well pulling into the steps on the west side of the old RAF pier ...brings back memories..
Added by Duncan Murray on 01 January 2006
Hi Harry. I put quite a few of the ones of Albert on the Crom Library myself. It was through Albert I got my taste for the sea. I couldn't count the crossings I did with him in all my school holidays. I did the three trips almost every day.
Added by Pat Swanson on 02 January 2006
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